Missing him in my life
James is an experienced and well-respected brass musician, who has called Mullumbimby home for the past 11 years. He was a professional orchestral tubist in America for 20 years before coming to Australia in 1988.
James holds a Master of Music in Brass Instruments from Ithaca College Conservatory with post-graduate work in tuba at the Eastman School of Music with Rochester Philharmonic tubist Cherry Beauregard and attended the performance master class of Arnold Jacobs, tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Northwestern University.
In America, James performed widely as a solo, chamber music, jazz and orchestral musician with ensembles such as the Denver Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Central City Opera, Denver Chamber Orchestra,
Boulder Philharmonic and others as a freelance musician.
He was the founder and tubist of the acclaimed Aries Brass Quintet, Artists in Residence at St John Cathedral in Denver and taught tuba and brass ensembles at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he lived for 12 years.
James came to Australia in search of a didjeridu, on a planned three-week trip that lasted three months when he received an invitation by aboriginal elders to visit Arnhem Land NT, where he was gifted his first didjeridu.
James has recorded two CDs of original didjeridu music with Grammy Award winning sound recordist and musician Tom Wasinger, Earth Dreaming Dance and Track to Bumbliwa. James also produced, filmed and edited, with son Shannon Harvey, a DVD documentary for Mullumbimby's Spaghetti Circus 10th anniversary big top show Spaghetti Al Dente.
He and Shannon also produced the giant interactive rear screen projections for the Spaghetti Circus 2005 big top show Pirates, the Search for the Ultimate Pirate and a DVD of the performances.
James applied for the Melbourne Symphony in a Day project on a whimsy, after hearing about the opportunity on ABC Classic FM Breakfast early one morning. "I've always wanted to play in an orchestra again, so dropping in for a day to rehearse and play a concert is a dream come true," he said.
The Symphony in a Day will be James' first orchestral performance in more than 25 years. He will also be performing with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra in their June 15/16 concerts at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore.